As always, just some glimpses of some of the work the boys have done this week:
Both boys have been working hard with the Asia puzzle map. Me Too doesn't seem to be learning the name of anything, but can take it apart and put it back together. Kal-El can identify: Russia, Mongolia, Japan, China, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua, and Sri Lanka. We still have a lot of work to do.
Kal-El's partially completed drawing of the African food web. It makes sense to him, that's all that matters.
The weeks is only half-complete and already a lot of math has been accomplished. Kal-El is back to work on his nine-chain. He started this a long time ago and was well into the 200's when Me Too became angry with him. Me Too exacted his revenge by pulling his nine-chain all over the room, scattering the used labels and tossing his trays of unused labels. No, we did not sit down at a peace table with a rose afterward. Kal-El was too disheartened to start the work again. Sunday night after they were in bed I took a few minutes to set the chain up again, re-sort his labels and label the chain to approximately where he had left off. He was happy to continue his work with that little bit of help.
Kal-El has also continued his work with the snake game. It is clear to me that he has memorized the addition facts up to ten and the quantities of each colored bead bar because if he sets up his own snake (like he has here) he will only set it up so that every two bead bars comes to precisely ten. He explained to me that "It's a lot of trouble if you don't. If you don't, you have to use those white and black bead bars all the time and you have to do a lot of exchanging." Hmmm...
Me Too completed a full decimal system layout with number cards and beads this week and will begin the collective exercises now.
Oddly, Me Too refuses to let me put away his January version of cards and counters. It is one of his prized possessions.
Both boys enjoy working with the double-lined blackboards. Their favorite exercise is to use a small, wet sponge to erase lowercase letters that I have written in chalk as they are doing in these photos.
In reading, Me Too has begun the readers and illustrated poems that I make by hand using text from The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading (I wrote about this previously). You haven't seen any photos of his "object box" stage because he was in that stage for a whopping two days, over a weekend. I didn't think it would be that short and thought I had "all the time in the world" to photograph it. I might pull those out one more time just to get photographs for posterity.
Kal-El has been continuing his word study of long-oo words versus short-oo words. One of his activities this week was to complete the sentence "Tape this to (something)..." by reading phrases I wrote on index cards. I enjoyed seeing what he chose to label. I also enjoy finding them when I'm least expecting it. I discovered one in the freezer last night.
Both boys also enjoyed working with the balance this week.
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